Rick­shaw driver as­saults cop, video goes vi­ral on web


Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO RASH&NEGLIGENT - Faisal Tan­del

THANE: A 45-year-old head con­sta­ble was as­saulted by an autorickshaw driver in Kalyan on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Within min­utes the video of the as­sault went vi­ral on the web as well as a phone mes­sen­ger app. The Ma­hatma Phule po­lice have reg­is­tered a case and are search­ing for the auto driver, who is ab­scond­ing.

The head con­sta­ble, Pradeep Patil, who is with the Kalyan traf­fic po­lice, was on his way to the po­lice sta­tion when the in­ci­dent took place. “Around 1.30pm, I was on my mo­tor­cy­cle near the bus stop out­side the rail­way sta­tion and saw a traf­fic jam. I went to check what was wrong and saw that an autorickshaw driver had parked his ve­hi­cle in the mid­dle of the road as he waited for a fare,” Patil said.

Patil shouted at him, telling him to move his ve­hi­cle out of the way. “The driver ar­gued with me, and sud­denly be­gan to punch me. Passersby came to my aid as he fled,” added Patil.

An alert cit­i­zen had taken a cell­phone video of the quar­rel be­tween the auto driver and con­sta­ble Patil, and up­loaded the video on a so­cial net­work­ing site and phone mes­sen­ger app The Ma­hatma Phule po­lice Pradeep Patil, a head con­sta­ble with the Kalyan traf­fic po­lice, was on his mo­tor­cy­cle, pass­ing by the Kalyan rail­way sta­tion, when he no­ticed a traf­fic jam

He found it was caused by a rick­shaw parked on the road as the driver waited for a fare Patil ar­gued with the driver, who be­gan punch­ing him Passersby man­aged to ward off the driver

The driver is ab­scond­ing

Patil has filed an FIR against him for as­sault and in­ter­fer­ing with a govern­ment em­ployee’s work

went vi­ral across Kalyan.

Patil has filed a com­plaint against the un­known auto rick­shaw driver for as­sault and in­ter­fer­ing with gov­ern ment work.

There is reg­u­lar traf­fic con­ges­tion on the west side of the Kalyan rail­way sta­tion Park­ing autorickshaw driv­ers and hawk­ers make it dif­fi­cult for ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans to nav­i­gate across the road Though the traf­fic po­lice and mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties have taken ac­tion against the hawk ers the sit­u­a­tion re­mains the


Stu­dents of Lala La­j­pat Rai col­lege par­tic­i­pate in a torch march for hu­man­ity at Na­ri­man Point in Mum­bai on Sun­day.

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